Patricia A. Marshall Lecture on Genomics and Equity

This lecture series, hosted by the Bioethics Center for Community Health ANd Genomic Equity (CHANGE) and the CWRU Department of Bioethics, showcases scholarship on advancing health equity in genomics. 

This year, our esteemed guest speaker was Dr. Charmaine Royal, who spoke on "Genomics and Equity in the 21st Century."


Charmaine Royal, Ph.D.

Charmaine Royal
Robert O. Keohane Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University
Director, Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

"Genomics and Equity in the 21st Century"

Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching focus on ethical, social, scientific, and clinical implications of human genetics and genomics, particularly issues at the intersection of genetics and "race". Her specific interests and primary areas of work include genetics and genomics in African and African Diaspora populations; sickle cell disease and trait; public and professional perspectives and practices regarding "race", ethnicity, and ancestry; genetic ancestry inference; and broadly defined genotype-environment interplay. A fundamental aim of her work is to dismantle ideologies and systems of racial hierarchy in research, healthcare, and society. She serves on numerous national and international advisory boards and committees for government agencies, professional organizations, research initiatives, not-for-profit entities, and corporations.

Dr. Royal obtained a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, master’s in genetic counseling, and doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) research and bioethics at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemiology and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.

As a longtime collaborator and colleague of Dr. Patricia Marshall, in whose honor this lecture series is named, Dr. Royal can provide a thought-provoking voice to the issues around equity, community, and genomics research.